Superintendent of Schools Terry Clark held his annual Superintendent’s Conference Day for all teachers and staff of the district on Thursday, Aug. 30. The annual tradition serves to recap the highlights from the prior school year and to inform faculty of the advancements and challenges that lie ahead.
Looking to the future of Bethpage Schools, Mr. Clark shared the district’s plan to “embrace the cloud” for 2012-13, meaning that by utilizing newly installed technology, teachers will be sharing information through use of the “cloud,” a mechanism for storing and retrieving information quickly across multiple devices. He also announced that all students will be getting their own district email this year and that several teachers will be integrating the Khan Academy, which offers online programs/support, into their classrooms.
The challenges ahead include the continuation of the tax cap, integration of the common core standards, new guidelines for APPR and the ongoing tax certiorari issue. With regard to APPR, Mr. Clark shared with teachers that the New York State Education Department has said that Bethpage’s APPR plan is “among the best they have received.”  “We are all in this together,” Mr. Clark expressed. “This is not something we fear here in Bethpage.”
At the conclusion of his address, teachers and staff retreated to their buildings, where they engaged in professional development workshops and put the finishing touches on their classrooms before opening day.